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Old 05-14-2011, 10:59 PM   #16
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One more vote against tile. I have them in my house and I hate it.

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I have some milled lumber from a large red pine I cut down to build my road, might try to use that?
It's your house -- you can try what you like.

If you're going to be using the countertop for wet things, then pine might not be the best choice. But if I assume correctly, it's free wood, and large pieces of wood tend to look nice, so there's no harm in trying it.

Pine tends to warp, twist, and split as it dries, so make sure it's fully dried before putting it in.

Personally, I think I'd want something more durable.
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If choices are laminate and tiles, I'd choose laminate as there's no grout joint to clean up ... there're some pretty nice looking laminates that "look" like granite.
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It's your house -- you can try what you like.

If you're going to be using the countertop for wet things, then pine might not be the best choice. But if I assume correctly, it's free wood, and large pieces of wood tend to look nice, so there's no harm in trying it.

Pine tends to warp, twist, and split as it dries, so make sure it's fully dried before putting it in.

Personally, I think I'd want something more durable.
Yes it was free, i cut the tree down and bought a bottle of rum for a guy that had a portable saw mill. Its been drying for over 1 year now. It would not really be a spot where it will be getting wet alot, just a breakfast bar area. But it is still a concern weather or not it is durable enough, and what is invoved in fishing it and sealing it for this type of application?
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At least check out what is available in laminate. The hardwood edge makes a huge difference. I built my house 16 years ago and used laminate with a wood edge. Holding up well and still looks good. I hate tile on a top for all the reasons stated here previously. To install laminate is no harder than installing tile.
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Yes it was free, i cut the tree down and bought a bottle of rum for a guy that had a portable saw mill. Its been drying for over 1 year now. It would not really be a spot where it will be getting wet alot, just a breakfast bar area. But it is still a concern weather or not it is durable enough, and what is invoved in fishing it and sealing it for this type of application?
You keep changing your original post on us and suddenly have new materials for us too consider.

If the pine is really dry. Use it for a countertop. Put a a bar type poured expoxy finish on it and you will be fine and beautiful. If it is not dry in just one year, you will be screwed.
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But it is still a concern weather or not it is durable enough, and what is involved in fishing it and sealing it for this type of application?
You can finish it with oil, varnish, or polyurethane. They all have pluses and minuses.

As far as durability, I'd take a scrap of it and test it. You'll likely find that, for instance, taking a cork out of a bottle of wine leaves dimples on it. But some pine is really hard. I'm not familiar with your species, and even if I was, some boards are harder than others.

If you have a slab through the middle (quartersawn, essentially) it would probably look really nice. I might be more inclined to make a bench or sideboard though.
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I'm odd, I guess. (My wife says I shouldn't have to guess... she KNOWS!) But I love tile. We have 20 feet of countertop in our kitchen, and it's all earth tone tile. The widths range from 25 to 30 inches and the edges are tile too, a 2" banded border.

But I'm mainly puzzled at your cost problem.

I do granite countertops in all the houses the real estate agent I work for flips. They are all granite. The prices here run from $40 - $80 a square foot (slab price) and it's usually right around $60. In today's market, we seldom pay more than $2,000, installed, with a drilled sink.
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Let us please focus on the the original post? This guy started off with budget concerns and whether he should put down granite tiles or laminate. Suddenly he raided a forest for slice of tree he had in the back for a year aging? Ever noticed when you are being played, perhaps for fun. I am done with this idiot and hope he picks a really bad color laminate. It's all his budget will afford and he is just jerking us around.

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I will say suggest this. Look for sales in you home improvement stores. We foung certain clolors of LG HiMacs solid surface were half priced and included a sink and basic beveled edge and that brought the price down to around what laminate countertops would have cost.
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i was in the same boat as you about a year ago. I wanted my counters to look nice but didnt want to spend a lot of money. I thought laminate looked cheap. I heard about concrete and remember laughing at the idea. Well 1 year later and about $800 later I have beautiful counter tops. Do a little research and you can do it on your own like I did. There are pros that do it, but it could be a DIY job for someone who is ambitious enough.
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I'm odd, I guess. (My wife says I shouldn't have to guess... she KNOWS!) But I love tile. We have 20 feet of countertop in our kitchen, and it's all earth tone tile. The widths range from 25 to 30 inches and the edges are tile too, a 2" banded border.
Willie, I don't want to hijack this thread, but is there any way you could post a pic. I'm also considering countertops and would love to see yours.
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Willie, I don't want to hijack this thread, but is there any way you could post a pic. I'm also considering countertops and would love to see yours.
My wife caught me doing this, and stopped me from photographing the majority of the countertop. She said it was a mess, and she didn't feel like cleaning it up right now. But these should give you an idea of what they all look like.

(That's a piece of lint on the second pic.)
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I would think the square footage of the counter-top plays a role too. If you are still trying to stay under budget for granite, try visiting stores that carry granite but don' do installation. Then, hire someone to do the granite work. The all-in-one deal at Lowes and Home Depot tend to be expensive by 2 to 3 times.
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Thanks Willie. Looks good.

We currently have tile that is in bad shape and needs to be replaced. I've read what others here have written, but I have nothing against tile and am seriously thinking of replacing it with more tile. Just haven't decided what kind/color yet.

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